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Declaration AD

Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand | SELF

Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand | SELF
Band Metal Punk


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"To Be Or Not To Be"

A cool record from Overseas has found its way into my stereos a few days ago. The opus is called MMX and stems from the Kiwi band Declaration AD. The band plays a straight Hardcore style, right in the face. Croaky shouts are joined with likably purist guitar riffs and with the faith in God's working in this world.

Of course life still does not always look bright to Declaration AD because of that. The first track of the EP already expresses this. It is about the desperate quest for meaning, that repeats always the same sentences again and again:

In an age of despair – you are
in an age of pain – you are
in an age of doubts – you are,
you are.

But those who want to start and feel low real depressively in the face of this huge load of despair are abruptly pulled off their melancholy by the beginning of the second song. That song starts with the drawn-out shout „God!“ Together, the two parts make one whole:

In times of despair, of pain and of doubt – you are God.

Like this, all of a sudden, the shout of despair turns to be a shout of hope. That God is there is what Moses gets to learn in the famous episode at the burning bush already (Exodus, chapter 3): Moses asks God for his name, and God's answer is in the noteworthy words „I am the One who will be there for you.“ That's what Declaration AD trust in, too. They do not deny that pain and despair exist but they do believe that God is there for them, even in desperate times.

On the whole the guys from New Zealand give away some real positive mood with the download of their EP that is to be enjoyed as loud as possible. -


MMX EP (2011)
I Can't Ignore (2012)
Voices EP(Jan 2013)



Declaration AD is a four piece hardcore band that plays honest sincere music in the vein of Reign Supreme meets Modern Life is War. They have played alongside acts such as Terror (USA), Trapped Under Ice (USA), Blacklisted (USA), Loma Prieta (USA), Touche Amore (USA), Antagonist AD (NZ), Saving Grace (NZ), Prepared Like a Bride (Aus) and Samsara (Aus). Their powerful stage presence and sing along chorus draw in even the most dubious. They are currently working on a 5 Track EP for a late 2012 release, a North Island tour with Saving Grace and will be working on heading to Australia come 2013.